Lillehamer: Hands down victory for Japan


Japan won the mixed team competition in Lillehammer ahead of Austria and Norway.

A mixed team competition was held today in Lillehammer as season opener for this winter Ladies’ World Cup. Although large parts of northern and central Europe are under influence of heavy storms at the moment, the wind was rather calm there and so only very few breaks needed to be taken, and the competition was in general a nice and fair one.

Hands down winner came the team from Japan, that was made up by exactly the same jumpers that won this event at the World Championships in February. Yuki Ito, Daiki Ito, Sara Takanashi and Taku Takeuchi scored in total 942.1. points and so were in the end over 40 points ahead of the second ranked team from Austria.

Yuki Ito (89.0 and 96.5 m)
Daiki Ito (88.0 and 99.5 m)
Sara Takanashi (91.0 and 100.0 m)
Taku Takeuchi (104.0 and 100.5 m)

Austria, with Jacqueline Seifriedsberger, Thomas Morgenstern, Daniela Iraschko and Gregor Schlierenzauer was still leading after the first round, but eventually came only second, mainly because of two weaker jumps by Seifriedsberger and Schlierenzauer in the second round. The team scored 901.9 points.

Jacqueline Seifriedsberger (99.5 and 85.5 m)
Thomas Morgenstern (97.0 and104.0 m)
Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (92.0 and 93.0 m)
Gregor Schlierenzauer (98.5 and 85.0 m)

There was a close fight for the third place between Norway and Germany, but in the end Maren Lundby, Rune Velta, Anette Sagen and Anders Bardal scored 887.5 points, 3.9 more as their German opponents.

Maren Lundby (98.5 and 97.0 m)
Rune Velta (89.0 and 98.5 m)
Anette Sagen (84.0 and 89.5 m)
Anders Bardal (93.5 and 97.0 m)

Germany’s Karl Geiger set a new hill record on the second round, when he jumped 107.5 meters, nevertheless he and his team-mates Katharina Althaus. Carina Vogt and Marinus Kraus finished only fourth with a score of 883.6 points. Slovenia, with Maja Vtic, Jaka Hvala, Ema Klinec, Peter Prevc came fifth with 876.6 points. The team from Italy, Elena Runggaldier, Sebastian Colloredo, Evelyn Insam and Davide Bresadola scored 840.4 points and took the sixth place.

The teams from France (Julia Clair, Ronan Lamy Chappuis, Coline Mattel and Vincent Descombes Sevoie) and Canada (Taylor Henrich, Dusty Korek, Atsuko Tanaka and Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes) came on places seven ans eight. Russia, Switzerland, Finland, the Czech Republic, the United Stated and Poland did not see the second round.